This proves that kids fake cry all the damn time. My father was really really good at defusing fake crying. He was some sort of kung fu master when it came to keeping kids in line without being an authoritarian asshole.
I miss my dad. :(
I think I need lessons from someone like your dad because getting exasperated and screaming "PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP WHINING!!!" is getting me no where.
Yeah, the begging just eggs it on, doesn't it? Sigh.
I have started completely ignoring it. Completely. And then, I find something interesting to do or discuss. It looks pretty similar to this dad's approach, except he came up with it before I did, which makes him smarter. The only time it's addressed is when it happens in public, where I say, "Keep it up, and we will leave." And then, I have to make good on that. I try to think of all the people in public who will thank me.
I want so badly to ignore it, but I worry that they're hungry or thirsty or have dirty diapers or or or... since they can't talk yet. But when I know those things aren't true and we are at home, I try to ignore it or tell them that I can't understand what they want because they're whining.
Being out in public is almost easier because the first sign of behavior that would annoy others (within reason) we hit the road. Thankfully my little nutjobs are pretty well behaved so far.
"Kiss the egg" is what I'm going to say to my fiance every time he cries.
I was thinking of saying the same thing to my wife. "Kiss the eggs." Funny how it seems to work for everyone!
you have a male fiance who cries. you're fucked regardless.
Film it! :)
This works even into adulthood.
"Waahhhhh... work! It's just so... sniff... wahhhhh I just don't know what to do an-"
"Hey, what do you want for dinner?"
"Oh! Can we make burritos?"